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Interview: Alexander Niejelow, SVP for Cybersecurity Coordination and Advocacy, Mastercard
Alexander Niejelow is senior vice president for cybersecurity coordination and advocacy. In this role, Alex is responsible for coordinating cybersecurity matters across Mastercard’s business units and departments, as well as the company’s global safety, security and technology advocacy efforts. He is a member of the Mastercard Security Council; the executive leadership team responsible for managing company’s global security priorities. Alex previously served as senior vice president of public policy and data protection since joining Mastercard in 2016. In this role, he was responsible for policy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity and global data management, while also leading the company’s industry partnerships on technology policy issues. Prior to joining Mastercard, Alex was director of cybersecurity policy on the National Security Council at the White House, where he focused on efforts to advance the Administration’s cybersecurity, technology, and trade policy priorities. He also served as chief of staff to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, where he helped coordinate the U.S. Government’s intellectual property policy and enforcement strategies beginning in 2012.
Interview Topics: Cybersecurity Talent Initiative
The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative is the first-of-its-kind public-private partnership aimed at recruiting and training a world-class cybersecurity workforce. The program is a selective opportunity for students in cybersecurity-related fields to gain vital public and private sector work experience and even receive up to $75,000, inclusive of tax, in student loan assistance.
Participants selected for the program will be guaranteed a two-year placement at a federal agency with cybersecurity needs. Before the end of their federal service, participants will be invited to apply for full-time positions with the program’s private sector partners. Participants hired by these companies will also receive student loan assistance.
By working for some of the most important federal organizations and cutting-edge private sector companies, participants develop the skills and knowledge needed to protect our country’s digital infrastructure and tackle global cybersecurity threats.
Our mission is to enhance the stability of cyberspace. We work to decrease the frequency, impact, and scale of cyberattacks by sophisticated actors that have significant and, direct harm on civilians and/or civilian infrastructure. We also encourage greater transparency about these attacks with the aim of holding malicious actors to account for the harms they cause.
We do so through three core functions: i) helping and defending civilian victims of cyberattacks, ii) analyzing and investigating cyberattacks, and iii) promoting cybersecurity norms, prevention of attacks and responsible behaviour.
- How did you get your start in cybersecurity?
- What is your background?
- Where do you stand on the continuum of compliance and security?
- What problem(s) do you see? What are you trying to solve?
- Describe what you are doing to tackle the problems?
- Where do you see these programs going?
- What are keys to their success?
- How can we help?
- How can our listeners help or get involved?
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